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Antrim / A26 Bulldogs American Football Ireland Team 1988-1993

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IAFL / AFAI Team 1988-1993

Home Ground: Allen Park, Antrim

Colours: Purple Jerseys/ Yellow Pants with Purple Stripe/ Yellow Helmet with Purple Stripe

History: Team from Antrim that was successful during regular-season play but failed to translate that into Shamrock Bowl success. The Bulldogs played three festival matches in 1988 before they reached the Shamrock Bowl in their first season in the IAFL in 1989, and indeed, in three of the first four years of the teams existence, losing all three before folding after the 1993 season. Other notable achievements include winning their Division in their debut season in 1989, and becoming the first Irish team to defeat the Dublin Celts in five years on opening day in 1992. [5]

Honours: Shamrock Bowl Runners-Up 1989, 1991, 1992. CGL Baron First Division Champions 1989.

Career Record: W-L-T: Total: 21-19-1 , Regular Season: 15-9-1 , Post-Season: 1-4-0, International: 1-1-0, Festivals: 0-2-0 Preseason: 0-3-0 (Full Record Unknown).

Home Venue – Allen Park, Antrim

Links to Year-by-Year Season Reports & Rosters

1992

Year-by-Year Record

 YearLgeRS W-L-TPts / PosPS W-L-TChpOth W-L-TChp
1988Fest0-2-0
1989IAFL7-1-0.875 / 1st0-1-0D11-1-0
1990AFAI  0-1-0  0-1-0
1991AFAI3-3-1.500 /0-1-0
1992AFAI5-1-0.833 /1-1-00-1-0
1993AFAI0-1-0

[20][22] 1991 Record Compiled from: [7-12] 1992 Record compiled from [13-18]

1988 Season Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
F11988NDublin TornadoesL0-46
F217.07.1988NLabbatt SpartansL8-22
F313.08.1988BirrDublin Tornadoes
[References: 23-24]

1989 Season Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
107.05.89ABelfast SpartansW40-0
214.05.89HNI GiantsW6-0
321.05.89ADublin TornadoesW1-0 #
428.05.89HEast Antrim CougarsW1-0 #
504.06.89HDublin TornadoesW1-0 #
611.06.89ADublin CeltsL9-14
718.06.89HCraigavon CowboysW17-7
809.07.89ANI GiantsW13-7
CGL R11989HFurness Phantoms (Eng)W34-6
CGL SF1989ASevern Valley Warlords (Eng)L0-5
SB IV1989BelfastDublin CeltsL6-7

[3]

1990 Season Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
PS101.04.90ACraigavon CowboysL6-25
106.05.90HBelfast SpartansW15-12
213.05.90HBelfast SpartansL 
503.06.90HCraigavon CowboysL 
610.06.90HCarrickfergus Cougars  
7 ACraigavon Cowboys  
SF22.07.90ABelfast SpartansL0-6
Reference: [1-8]

1991 Season Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
105.91  W 
219.05.91HDublin TornadoesW32-6
MW29.05.91HBelfast SpartansT6-6
402.06.91ADublin CeltsL8-13
 16.06.91ADublin TornadoesL0-6
 21.07.91ABelfast SpartansW27-6
 28.07.91ADublin Celts  
SB VI91NDublin Celts0-44 
Reference: [8-12]

1992 Season Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
PS 126.04.1992NDublin TornadoesL0-3
11992HDublin CeltsW6-0
21992HLee Valley SteelersW60-0
61992HDrogheda VikingsW50-0
1023.08.92ADublin TornadoesL0-8
1206.09.92HBelfast SpartansW11-8
 ??ACraigavon CowboysW 
SF 92ADublin TornadoesW19-6 
SB VII92NCraigavon CowboysL6-14
Reference: [13-18]

1993 Season Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
PS 125.04.1993NDublin TornadoesL0-22
519.06.93ADublin CeltsL0-3
Reference: [19]

References

Sources

[1] Anon. (1990) “American Football double-header” Sunday Life May 6, 1990. pg. 59

[2] Anon. (1990) “American Football Column: Spartans in revenge bid” Sunday Life May 13, 1990. pg. 46

[3] Anon. (1990) “American Football” Sunday Life May 20, 1990. pg. 56

[4] Anon. (1990) “American Football: Junior game is on the up!” Sunday Life May 27, 1990. pg. 58

[5] Anon. (1990) “American Football: off form Bulldogs lack any real bite” Sunday Life June 3, 1990. pg. 46

[6] Traynor, Jonathan (1990) “Local League action hots up” Sunday Life June 10, 1990. pg. 42

[7] Anon. (1990) “American Football: Cowboys riding high..” Sunday Life August 5, 1990. pg. 43

[8] Traynor, Jonathan (1991) “American Football: Clash of Titans!” Sunday Life May 28, 1991. pg. 46

[9] Anon. (1991) “Scoreboard: Gridiron” Sunday Life June 2, 1991. pg. 53

[10] Anon. (1991) “Gridiron: Antrim Dawgs go for walkies” Sunday Life June 9, 1991. pg. 41

[11] Anon. (1991) “American Football: Rows spoil Irish scene” Sunday Life July 28, 1991. pg. 43

[12] Naughton, L. (1991) “Minority Report: Defensive Tornadoes do it”, Evening Herald. Thursday, June 27, 1991, pg. 59.

[13] Anon. (1992) “IRISH CHAMPION CELTS STUNG BY BULLDOG SPIRIT”, First Down. July 11, 1992, pg. 17.

[14] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: U.S. Football”, Evening Herald. Thursday, July 2, 1992, pg. 65

[15] FD Reporter. (1992) “At last! It’s the Dub-win Celts!”, First Down. August 15, 1992, pg. 17.

[16] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: U.S. Football”, Evening Herald. Thursday, August 27, 1992, pg. 61

[17] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: U.S. Football”, Evening Herald. Thursday, September 10, 1992, pg. 70

[18] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: Gridiron grief for Dubs!”, Evening Herald. Thursday, September 17, 1992, pg. 76

[19] Anon. (1993) Irish Zeros. First Down. 19 June, p. 21.

Websites

[20] Britball Now (2016) Historial League Tables [1989] [CGL] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/historical-league-tables-in/ [Accessed 27 February 2017]

[21] Irish American Football Association (2018) Shamrock Bowl History [Internet] Available from: hhttp://www.americanfootball.ie/american-football/shamrock-bowl-history/ [Accessed 23 March 2018]

[22]Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1989] [CGL] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 27 February 2017]

Newspapers

[23] Anon. (1988) “Birr Vintage Festival” Nenagh Guardian. Saturday, August 13, 1988. pg. 15.

Websites

[24] Britball Now (2016) Historical Results [1988][Friendlies] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 12 January 2020]

Images

[25] Trinity Bowl 1992 Poster (Personal Collection of Author).

Newspapers

[26] Naughton, L. (1993) “Tornadoes top dogs!” Evening Herald. Thursday, April 29, 1993. pg. 103 (59)

[27] Naughton, L. (1993) “US Football” Evening Herald. Thursday, April 15, 1993. pg. 100.

Internet Archive

[28] Irish American Football Association – Wayback Machine Web Archive (2016) A brief History of American football in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20071118171931/http://americanfootball.ie/history.htm [Accessed 6 July 2017]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American & World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 21 January 2021

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